Chapter Planning Awards and Recognitions
The APA Texas Planning Awards Program recognizes individuals, organizations and communities for outstanding contributions to planning in Texas. Any APA Texas member may nominate plans, projects, programs, individuals, or organizations to several categories. The Awards Committee evaluates nominees based on originality and innovation, engagement, implementation and effectiveness, quality, and promotion of planning.
We all have places in Texas dear to our heart. That’s why the Texas Chapter is excited to announce our own rendition of the American Planning Association's Great Places in America program, the Gold Standard in America’s Neighborhoods, Streets, and Public Spaces. Great Places in Texas will recognize the Lone Star’s Great Places – neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces – and celebrate how planning has played a vital role where we live, work, and play. The program promotes and recognizes great places while celebrating stories of exemplary planning that have resulted in stronger and healthier communities.
The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association continues it’s program of recognizing planning excellence in municipalities throughout the State. Evaluation criteria include the level of training of Planning Commissioners and professional staff, professional qualifications of the planning staff, breadth and currency of master plan components and completion of other planning related projects. The goals of the program include:
Increasing community awareness of the importance of planning,
Recognizing planning departments which meet certain professional requirements,
Recognizing planning efforts that have achieved community support,
Encouraging the funding of professional training for Planning Commissioners and staff, and
Aiding economic development and community image.